The extraordinary voice of 20-year-old Josh Groban is an inspiring force. Not only did it move Grammy-Award winning producer David Foster to bring Josh into the studio to produce his magnificent debut album, it also moved Ally McBeal creator/executive producer David E. Kelley to bring Josh on the show's season finale to perform "You're Still You." After an overwhelming reaction from viewers, Josh was brought back to sing "To Where You Are" on this year's Christmas episode. The day after the show aired, Josh Groban became the number-one selling album at Amazon.com, while his website was flooded with thousands of e-mails and even marriage proposals from adoring fans. All it takes is one listen to fall in love with the voice of Josh Groban. Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (5/02) There are worse things in life than making your acting debut on the much ballyhooed season finale of Ally McBeal, though teen operatic baritone Josh Groban doesn't seem destined to encounter them anytime soon. As the awkward high school student-client who asks the typically romance-jinxed Ally to his senior prom, Groban performed this debut album's "You're Still You" (adapted from film-composing legend Ennio Morricone's Academy Award-nominated score for Malèna, with lyrics by Linda Thompson) as a heart-tugging, literal showstopper. The young phenom was just 17 when veteran producer-writer David Foster tapped him to fill in for Andrea Bocelli at rehearsals for the 1999 Grammys, where Groban found himself suddenly dueting with Celine Dion. Indeed, such were his fortunes that the young Foster protégé was forced to drop out of Carnegie Mellon when professional commitments--including this record--interfered. And if this collection tends to hew sometimes uncomfortably close to Foster's own MOR sonic instincts, the material offers enough challenges to display Groban's talent and the potential of his warm, mature voice: a lyrical take on another Morricone classic, "Cinema Paradiso"; melancholy readings of Don McLean's "Starry, Starry Night"...
2011 album from the Italian trio who first appeared on the popular talent show Ti Lascio Una Canzone and dazzled television viewers with their flawless rendition of the Neapolitan standard "O Sole Mio." The boys won the competition easily. Piero, Ignazio, and Gianluca recorded Il Volo in Los Angeles and Rome, as well as at London's famed Abbey Road Studios. The album is a stellar showcase for these three young singers' astonishing vocal talent and interpretive gifts as they take on a range of both new and traditional, classically influenced pop songs.
Manufacturer: SONY MASTERWORKS
Together is the debut album from Jonathan & Charlotte, the duo who shot to fame on the hit TV show Britain's Got Talent with their dazzling rendition of "The Prayer." Jonathan Antoine, 17 with his tenor vocals and Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, with her poised soprano surprised the audience and judges with their show-stopping performances during the phenomenally successful sixth series of Britain's Got Talent. Jonathan Antoine sings with the rich tenor of a world-class opera star; in fact, his fans have already dubbed him "the British Pavarotti." He and his singing partner and close friend Charlotte Jaconelli were originally paired a few years ago by their music teacher, who thought their voices would complement each other. At her suggestion, they sang "The Prayer" for their music class final (they got an "A") and the teacher was so impressed she later requested that they sing it at her wedding. "Together" sees the duo join forces with acclaimed producer Graham Stack, who has worked with stars like Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, LeAnn Rimes, Take That, Natalie Cole and Rod Stewart.The album features stunning hits, "Ave Maria" and "Canto Della Terra." Jonathan & Charlotte also fearlessly take on iconic pop songs including Take That's "Rule The World" and Muse's "Unintended," giving them a new identity. The album also features the two songs they sang during the televised competition last May: "The Prayer," originally sung by Andrea Bocelli and Celine Dion, and "Caruso," the heartbreaking love song that became a trademark of the late superstar tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Also on the album are covers of some of Jonathan and Charlotte s favorite songs from all different genres including "Everybody Hurts" (originally recorded by REM), "Somewhere" (from the musical West Side Story), and "Your Song," by Elton John.
Filled with romance and beauty, "Passione" is a lush collection of Mediterranean love songs featuring duets with global pop stars Jennifer Lopez, Nelly Furtado, and the late Edith Piaf. The album reunites Bocelli with 16-time Grammy Award-winning producer David Foster, who produced Bocelli's 2006 release "Amore," which sold more than 4.2 million copies."Passione" is in essence the second volume of "Amore," with a "fil rouge" which ideally connects the albums. As with "Amore," which featured timeless masterworks, "Passione" includes several beloved classics such as "Love Me Tender," "Girl From Ipanema," and "Sarà Settembre," (better known to English-speaking audiences as Neil Diamond's "September Morn"). Jennifer Lopez is featured on the soft and sensual track "Quizás Quizás Quizás" and Nelly Furtado joins Bocelli on "Corcovado." The album also features a duet with the late French chanteuse Edith Piaf on the song "La Vie En Rose." On the album, Bocelli sings in six languages (Italian, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Neapolitan) with his unmistakable voice, as Foster accompanies him on piano, along with Peruvian guitarist Ramon Stagnaro. The sensual sound is rounded out by Cuban, Brazilian, and Portuguese rhythms and a 63-piece orchestra recorded in London."Andrea continues to be my favorite singer of all time," Foster declares. "I pride myself on working with great voices, but he transcends that. He's a singer for all people, from the common man to the Pope."Bocelli is an iconic figure in music with a myriad of breathtaking career achievements to his name. The Italian tenor is the most successful classical solo artist ever and one of the best-selling artists in music history, period, with more than 80 million albums sold worldwide. He is also credited with enabling the core classical repertoire to cross over and find a home atop the international pop charts, creating a new genre of music along the way. He has performed for four U.S. presidents, two popes, and the British royal family, as well as at c...
This is a concept album all the way, with tales of Christmas kindness intertwined with masterful musicianship as they play traditionals plus their own An Angel Came Down; First Snow; Ornament; Old City Bar , and more! Is the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's Christmas Eve and Other Stories a holiday rock opera? Or perhaps just a holiday prog-rock disc? Or maybe it's New Age? Whatever the case may be, this isn't your typical Christmas album. Filled with electric guitar solos, plenty of synthesized keyboards, a children's choir, and lively drumming, Christmas Eve can only be compared to one other record, the Trans-Siberian Orchestra's other holiday disc, The Christmas Attic. On this CD, angelic vocal solos (on numbers such as "The Prince of Peace") are interspersed with driving instrumentals. Sentimental, occasionally bombastic, but as high-concept as holiday albums can be. --Jason Verlinde
The Most Relaxing Classical Music in The Universe, the 1st 2-CD set in the & Most Relaxing, series features some of the most well known classical pieces of all time, including Canon in D, Clair De Lune, Fur Elise, Ave Marie, Moonlight Sonata, Adagio for Strings, Greensleeves, and More! Perfect for the casual music listener, this collection features nearly 2 hours of music to study, read and relax at home with. Purchase a copy now and sooth your soul with the the Most Relaxing Classical Music in the Universe!
For the first time during his historic career the world's best selling tenor Andrea Bocelli will be releasing a collection of his greatest hits. The CD will feature selections from the Bocelli repertoire and include "Time To Say Goodbye" in duet with Sarah Brightman from the 4 time platinum selling Romanza CD, "The Prayer" in duet with Celine Dion from the 2 time platinum selling Sogno CD, plus Bocelli favorites "Because We Believe" from his most recent platinum recording Amore, "Melodramma" from Cieli Di Toscana and more. The release will also feature 4 new exclusive recordings: A duet with one of the world's most popular pianists Lang Lang and new David Foster compositions. There will be a nationally televised concert special airing on PBS - Andrea's first full pop concert that was recorded in July with the Tuscan country side as a backdrop. The concert repertoire includes all the songs the will be on the forth coming Greatest Hits CD and features guests Chris Botti, Kenny G, Lang Lang and more. Look for PBS to broadcast this program multiple times during their upcoming December 2007 pledge period reaching over 10 million households. "Vivere" translates from Italian to English as "To Live" Andrea Bocelli Photos More from Andrea Bocelli The Best Of Andrea Bocelli - Vivere (CD & DVD Deluxe Edition) Under the Desert Sky Under the Desert Sky Amore Romanza Cieli di Toscana Andrea Sogno Sacred Arias
16 holiday songs from Celine Dion ft R. Kelly & Andrea Bocelli It's almost impossible to believe it didn't already exist, but now that it does, you can bet the sure-to-go-platinum These Are Special Times will turn up under many a Christmas tree this year (the perfect gift for the person who has everything?). The prolific princess of pop has thrown together a mixture of contemporary and traditional holiday favorites, bordering on too-cute and kitschy only on the intro to "Feliz Navidad." For many, Dion is an acquired taste, but even naysayers may enjoy her rare moments of restraint on a smoky version of "Blue Christmas." "The Prayer," a duet with Andrea Bocelli, is set to become this season's "Time to Say Goodbye," but it will have to battle it out with the R. Kelly duet, "I'm Your Angel," first. --Rebecca Wallwork
Romanza is the album that launched his career. The 12 selections include "Time to Say Goodbye," Bocelli's spine-tingling #1 single with Sarah Brightman. (66 minutes) From his childhood on the family farm in rural Tuscany to the worldwide stage, Andrea Bocelli has achieved phenomenal success. His singing is only partially the point, and his fame owes much more to the aura of romance and the romantic archetype that's attached to him. Romanza is by far Bocelli's largest success, winning adoration thanks to the swooning vocals and the easy, sometimes lush, always pop-safe instrumental textures and melodies. As far as his opera chops go, Bocelli has won the approval of Pavarotti but likely will not wow enthusiasts. The upside is that Bocelli will likely grow the opera pie, convincing labels to take on more operatic projects. --Andrew Bartlett